An Interview With Paddy Hanna
Dublin's Paddy Hanna has quite a set of pipes. On new record Frankly, I Mutate, Hanna purrs, coos, postures, croons, preens, and seduces, all while backed by seriously lush soundscapes that recall girl groups, blue-eyed soul, and cheeky indie pop (for starters). Hanna's voice was made for telling stories, and he's certainly not shy about spinning yarns. Frankly, it's a good thing he's not.
Read on to see Paddy's As to my Qs, and why not pick up Frankly, I Mutate while you do?
Fuzzy Logic: What has been your most exciting moment in the last year?
Paddy Hanna: The day my new record came out. It was during a snowstorm and my girlfriend and I made a snowman to celebrate.
FL: Who are your favorite recording artists?
PH: I am not a diehard fan of anything, I cherrypick the bits I like from the artists I admire. At the moment I am very much enjoying Young Fathers and country music artist Johnny Paycheck.
FL: Do you feel safe riding in airplanes?
PH: I used to be doubled over in fear of airplanes, now I sit defiantly accepting that if the plane goes down, I’ve had a good innings.
FL: Does every city look the same?
PH: Certainly not, I was only just in Berlin and that sure as heck doesn’t look like Dublin.
FL: What message are you trying to get across, if any?
PH: Vulnerability is sexy.
FL: How would you describe yourself in one word?
FL: Where would you like to go that you haven't gone yet?
PH: Japan, for far too many reasons.
FL: Do you feel that you're setting a new trend in music?
PH: Trends suck, so hopefully not.
FL: What kinds of guitars do you use?
PH: Currently a Guild Archtop, but I will probably switch to my Tanglewood semi-acoustic as I'm sick of using amplifiers.
FL: Does anybody ever ask you for advice?
PH: Yes, but my responses are usually muddled and confusing.
FL: How do you prefer for your fans to act at your concerts?
PH: Zip your yaps and enjoy the damn thing.
FL: How do you go about writing your songs?
PH: Generally if the song takes longer then an hour to write, it's probably not that good.
FL: What is one question you would like to be asked that probably nobody has ever asked?
PH: Not enough people ask me about my dog Cuppy, God knows I take enough photos of her for the Instagrams.
FL: What do you call your sound?
PH: Chess club badass.
FL: Have you ever had a mental block-out on stage?
PH: Yes. I met a woman whom I hadn’t seen in years one minute before taking the stage in Dublin. I had no ill will towards this person, but seeing her took me back to a time when I was a very lost person, and I became that lost person on stage. It was a weird experience.
FL: What are your unfulfilled ambitions?
PH: I want the courage to swim daily in the Irish Sea, I just need to overcome my fear of sea monsters.
FL: What advice do you have for teenagers?
PH: If everyone in you class thinks a certain thing is cool, that thing is not cool.
FL: What is the closest you have come to losing life and limb?
PH: I almost died as a newborn, had a kidney stone, can’t remember it though.
FL: Do you think of yourself more as an entertainer or a musician, or do you think it's more of a combination of the two?
PH: I'll call it a combination soon, still coming to grips with my stage nerves.